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They're essays about self-care, career direction, transition, stress, feeling lost, going with the flow, current events and more. They're ideas, observations, and unique perspectives to make you think about yourself and your life in a new way, motivate you to make positive change, help ease those challenging times and perhaps have a chuckle or two.  It's also the weekly e-newsletter about the happenings of the author, speaker and coach Kristina Leonardi.
 
First time or fifth year plus reader - WELCOME!  I'm so grateful you're here and I hope what I offer can help make your life a little (or a lot!) better and brighter! 
 
And as always, feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, and scroll down for info about my coaching services and featured appearances and articles. 
 
NEXT OPPORTUNITY FOR GROUP COACHING :
Wednesday, December 5th 6:00-8:00pm
 (Tentatively Scheduled -Stay tuned for updates)    
     
 
   
Group coaching is an affordable way to work with me and connect with other like-minded folks.  
 
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Here's what some attendees have to say:

"K ristina has a special gift for helping people find their way in their careers and life. She has a sick sense about people and always made me feel better when I was stuck. She combines the perfect combination of intuition and career smarts in her sessions.  Her support group has been life changing and instrumental in propelling me forward."   ~ Ilana A.
   
"I was amazed by your ability to synthesize so much information from so many completely different personalities and tailor unique homework assignments to us. I also have great admiration for the compassion and empathy you showed to everyone, your holistic approach, and your patience, among many other traits ." ~ Shelly C
  
 
 
"Since I last spoke with you, I've had some pretty dramatic changes - New Job, a Big Move, Healthy Dating Relationship. It's been pretty awesome. Emotionally, I've done a 180, and my life is certainly a reflection of that. My last session with you spurred a lot of wonderful life changes."  ~ Palanda B.
 
"Kristina gave me permission to be myself!  I can say no other person has empowered me in that way as much as she has - and I am TRULY forever grateful for that.."  
~ Cherise R.
  
"I can honestly say that speaking to you was one of the most important events in my life. It is almost unbelievable how a 2-hour conversation can have that effect." 
~ Bozhanka V.
 
Minute to Win It
by Kristina Leonardi
(Originally published on February 8, 2011)
 
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When I was in sixth grade, my elementary school presented the
Norma Gold Human Relations Award
to three students from our class of about 100.  To my shock my name was called, and to this day it's one of my proudest achievements - mostly because I had absolutely no idea the award existed or that I had done anything special that warranted attention.  I was just very involved and gave my all to whatever I did; at that young age I unconsciously expressed the best version of who I was and got recognized for it.

I am not a competitive person and although athletic, I never wanted to play school sports for that very reason. But sometimes we need to have that extra bit of eyes-on-the-prize attitude to take us to the next level. In the movie Remember the Titans, a racially integrated football team came together to be undefeated champ of its division, a victory that was symbolic of so much more in a newly desegregated South. Prior to the final game, Denzel Washington, playing Coach Boone, declared, "I'm a winner. I'm going to win."

Every field has its pinnacle of achievement and earned recognition, so why not set your sights on one?  In the midst of this season with the Grammys and Academy Awards on their way, it's a good time to consider: What is the equivalent of a Superbowl, World Cup, Olympic medal, Emmy or Tony in your life? What's your version of the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize? What would your criteria be and what would you call it?

Define in every area of life what your standard of excellence is that makes you a champion. Set that goal for yourself this year or for your bucket list - even if you never attain it, raising the bar for yourself can only make you better in every way.

The next step is to believe that you are worthy of the accomplishment.  When   Tango Diva held a contest for their  2007 Diva Visionary Award, at the last minute I decided to nominate myself. I then found out after the fact that -gulp- I would have to ask people to vote for me in addition to being judged. The whole process made me incredibly uncomfortable, but I realized at some point I had to decide that I wanted to win - and that decision took but a minute. I figured I deserved it as much as anyone else and had to just go for it.  And lo and behold, I WON!

Sometimes you have to seek the recognition (remember producers run Oscar campaigns), make the commitment to it and push until you win, and sometimes it's a surprise that just falls in your lap.  Regardless of how the victory comes , it won't occur without the intention of doing and being your best. And as you prove yourself and are honored along the way, remember that once you win it, you must own it.

Don't think you have any horn to toot or mirror ball trophy to win? Everyone excels in some area, so give me a buzz and I'll help promote your hidden superstar and find an arena for your unique MVP to shine!

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As a result of working with Kristina, I now have the tools, motivation and perspective to create my dream career and life.  Because of her insights and expertise, I am the happiest and most content I've ever been and found an incredible peace of mind.   
~ Alyssa C.

Your insights have had a huge impact on my career and my self-confidence and planted this seed of truth in me that I knew I had to start tending to. I share this story here.  I just wanted to say thank you for your advice and I'm glad we crossed paths.
~ Anna W.

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  If you like what I write, you'll love what I have to say in person! Scroll down for info about my coaching and speaking services and contact me today.  

   
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Thinking about working with me one-on-one?
Here are a few ways my services can help you with your career and life, as most of you fall into one or a combination of the following categories:


Executive Coaching:
Who:  Managers, Business Owners, Directors, C-Suite Executives 
What: Authentic leadership, motivate staff, cultivate teamwork, facilitate communication, inspire vision and culture, increase employee engagement, manage stress, improve work/life wellness
ROI/Why:  Productivity, People and Profit!
 
Career Coaching:
Who:  Career Changers, Career Climbers, Job Searchers, Moms, Dads, Grads
What:  Exploration, discovery and attainment of meaningful work and lifepath, improve job performance, professional development and advancement, enter or re-enter job force, time/stress management and work/life wellness 
ROI/Why:  Purpose, Peace and Promotion!  
 
Life Coaching:
Who: Anyone feeling lost/at a crossroads, unsatisfied, stressed, blocked, confused, passionless   
What: Life transitions, identity issues/crisis, body/mind/spirit wellness, authentic expression, improve relationships   
ROI/Why:  Balance, Bounty and Bliss!  
 
Contact me by email or give me a buzz at 917-816-0834 or click here for more information and to schedule your session today! 

Click here to get an idea of what it's like working with me from past clients

 
...And watch this video to give you an idea of my approach especially if you have never worked with a coach before 

 
Kristina gave me permission to be myself!  I can say no other person has empowered me in that way as much as she has - and I am TRULY forever grateful for that.."  - Cherise R.

"I can honestly say that speaking to you was one of the most important events in my life. It is almost unbelievable how a 2-hour conversation can have that effect."  Bozhanka V.

 "After the session I felt so empowered and revved up, I felt like I was ready to take on the world! and I still do. Thank you Kristina!" ~  Paula J.

I look forward to working with YOU whenever you're ready!


 

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About Kristina's Speaking
Attend an event or hire her to speak at y0ur company or  organization!

K nown as a dynamic, 'inspiring' and 'down-to-earth' speaker with unique yet practical perspectives on career development, work/life wellness, and employee engagement, Kristina has been a featured speaker for many corporate seminars, non-profit organizations and conferences, including: UBS, Saatchi & Saatchi, HR Association of NY, Ogilvy & Mather, American Business Women's Association, the Junior League, NYU and the New York's Science, Business & Industry Library.
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Kris tina's workshops and seminars are powerful professional development opportunities, so check with your supervisor or HR to see if they will sponsor you and any of your colleagues to attend in the future.
 
HERE'S WHAT KRISTINA'S ATTENDEES HAD TO SAY:
 
"I feel motivated and energized to continue my journey toward figuring out who I am and what I am meant to do with my life. I was completely entertained and engaged listening to Kristina."  ~ J.T.  
 
 "Kristina wakes you up to the truth of who you are, your very essence.  I am grateful to be able to be in her presence!"  ~ K.K.
 
"It was a great session that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am very strategic on what I attend and this was definitely worth it." ~ D.C.
   
"...an excellent workshop to gain some practical tips on how to changeyour outlook. It helps make you aware of how you spend your time, and provides subtle tweaks that make a world of a difference in how you approach work, relationships, and any life frustrations you're tending with." ~  F.M. 

                                          "Even though there were several people in the classes- Kristina was able to get to the core of o
ur career and life concerns.  Kristina focused on each person and walked each of us through intense realizations! " ~ D. Auguste 

"Inspiring workshop session. Great information with actions able to put into practice right now. Thought-provoking. My take away - own who I am. " ~ T. S. 
 
"Kristina is incredibly intuitive an on-point. Inspiring.  She offers actionable insights. ~ T.E.
 
             For more information to book Kristina for your company or organization visit   www.kristinaleonardi.com   

 Please be sure to let me know if you are affiliated with any group, company or organization that needs a speaker on the topics of     active listening, gender communications, career transition, work/life wellness, or employee engagement  I'd be happy to send more information to whoever the contact might be.


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PGG Video Vault
An offering of video clips with thoughts to help you in your career and life.

This one is from January 2014 - it's an edited clip from my Who Are You and What Are You Supposed to Be Doing with Your Life? talk at New York's Science, Industry and Business Library.

Who Are You.....Excerpt
 January 30, 2014

     
Pink Slips: How Losing Your Job is a Good Thing - Full Video from June 2010
Pink Slips: How Losing Your Job is a Good Thing - Full Video from June 2010
     
 
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HOT OFF THE PRESSES! 
 Articles I've been featured in:
(I'm #3 just before Marissa Mayer #4 and Jane Fonda #7, Mark Cuban #42, Steve Jobs #44)
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  Scroll down for more articles written by or about me and feel free to share them all! :)
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About Kristina's Coaching
Work with her one-on-one or as part of a group
 
Kristina Leonardi is a career/life coach who has a proven record of getting "stuck" clients empowered to make changes aligned with their true passions and talents in a short time. She provides a practical framework for each individual to make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, connect to, and fulfill their role in the world at large and live a life with clarity, balance and direction.   
 
Kristina's holistic, gimmick-free, and minimalist approach has earned her widely diverse and fiercely loyal following from all walks and stations of life, including savvy New Yorkers who have tried other coaches, approaches, and therapy with little or limited results.  Click here to learn more 
  
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"She has a laid-back approach, but don't let that fool anyone.
Her ability to read people is amazing and her assessments of how a person can enrich their lives/careers are spot-on. After she asked me lots of questions, she was somehow able to give me an assessment that was frighteningly accurate and illuminating."      
 
I was fortunate enough to have worked with you as a career coaching client earlier this year. Since our time together, and our talks, I have landed a job as general counsel for a not for profit organization here in New York City. When we worked together you mentioned that you had a feeling I was meant for a larger destiny - that I was meant to be doing work for the betterment of others, and that I was meant to lead large groups of people. My work in the not for profit realm will combine those two things, and I feel in my gut that amazing experiences lie ahead. Now, the world is my oyster. Your coaching and influence had a profound impact on me, and I wanted to take a moment to express my deep gratitude to you for being a guiding light. ~ Vanessa M.
 

   
 
For more information visit www.kristinaleonardi.com or contact her to schedule a session today.

 
 
About Personal Growth Gab
Kristina Leonardi's Weekly eNewsletter

Since launching Personal Growth Gab (PGG) in January 2010, Kristina has formed an avid and faithful following ("they're the only emails I read" "they really help me" "they help me start my week" "I save them until I get home and can read them with a cup of tea" "you're such a good writer!" ) of over 1500 who look forward to a 'weekly dose of thought-provoking, inspirational and entertaining helpful tidbits to keep you connected with yourself and make sense of this journey called life.

All past PGG posts can be found on the home page at www.kristinaleonardi.com
 
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     You can now have PGG in beautiful book form! 
 
"From her calming voice and beautiful perspective to her ability to connect the dots and provoke "ah-ha!" moments, her words will change you for the better."
   
 
PGG's are essays about self-care, career direction, transition, stress, feeling lost, going with the flow, current events and more. They're ideas, observations, and unique perspectives to make you think about yourself and your life in a new way, motivate you to make positive change, help ease those challenging times and perhaps have a chuckle or two.  

 
" From her calming voice and beautiful perspective to her ability to connect the dots and provoke "ah-ha!" moments, her words will change you for the better" ~ Amy P.  
 

 

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